The Kansas City Royals began play in 1969; just two years after Kansas City lost the Athletics to Oakland. Local pharmaceutical magnate Ewing Kauffman bought the MLB betting club and hired a first class staff led by general manager Cedric Tallis. In just their third baseball betting season of existence the Royals did what the A’s never could do in thirteen seasons and post a winning baseball betting record.
After spending their first four years in old Municipal Stadium the Royals moved into the sparkling Royals Stadium in 1973, hosting that baseball betting year’s all-star game to boot and setting a Kansas City record for wins. Midway through the 1975 baseball betting season Whitey Herzog was hired to replace Jack McKeon as manager and the Royals never looked back. A glorious baseball betting era was about to begin with such young budding stars as George Brett and Frank White who would anchor the Royals for the next decade plus.
Kansas City won three straight MLB betting division titles from 1976-78 but suffered heartbreaking ALCS losses to the Yankees each baseball betting year. Herzog wore out his welcome after the 1979 baseball betting season and Jim Frey was the man that managed KC’s first pennant team in 1980 MLB betting season. Brett flirted with a .400 average that baseball betting year and the Royals exercised the Yankee demon in the ALCS as Brett creamed a Rich Gossage fastball into the third deck of Yankee Stadium to clinch a World Series berth for KC. The Royals came up flat against Philadelphia in the Fall Classic, losing in six games. Dick Howser would take over as manager in 1981 and led the Royals to the post season that first baseball betting season as well as 1984 and 1985. The 1985 Royals came back from 3-1 game deficits in both the ALCS against Toronto and the World Series against St. Louis to win all the marbles. Nobody could see that this model franchise’s best days were now behind it.
Howser had to step down as manager in 1986 MLB betting season due to a brain tumor. The Royals were semi contenders off and on through 1994 but the death of Kauffman put the ownership in a trust led by a committee. After the strike of 1994 the Royals have been relegated as a penny pinching small market team that has turned off a city that was once a baseball hotbed. There is no sign of relief for Kansas City any time soon.